Email -- Arboretum Information -- Judy Kingsbury (Volunteer Coordinator) -- Arboretum Tours

(608) 263-7888 -- Visitor Center
(608) 262-5604 -- Volunteer Program Office

Fax (608) 262-5209

Trails are open all year: 7am - 10pm
Parking lots: Sunrise to Sunset

Visitor Center Hours
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.

The Visitor Center is closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711

Visitor Center Address for Mapping Services:
2880 Longnecker Drive
Madison, WI 53711

The Arboretum is a 1,200-acre research and study area nearly surrounding Lake Wingra about a mile south of campus.

Widely recognized as the site of historic research in ecological restoration, the Arboretum now includes the oldest and most extensive collection of restored ecological communities in the world, with tallgrass prairies, savannas, several forest types, wetlands and a 50-acre collection of trees and shrubs.

The Arboretum offers opportunities for students and the general public to participate in the restoration of its prairie and forest communities in various ways.

There are nearly 20 miles of trails for hiking and running. Bicycles are not allowed on trails. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted only on designated trails. Pets, picnics, hammocks, tree climbing, in-line skating, skateboards, amplified music, and recreational games are prohibited. Arboretum trails and the Visitor Center parking lot are open year-round from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other Arboretum parking lots are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is not open on holidays.

The Arboretum’s 1200 acres border the southern shore of Lake Wingra. Vehicles can enter in two places: from the north at the intersection of McCaffrey Drive, North Wingra Drive and South Mills Street; from the south at the intersection of McCaffrey Drive and Seminole Highway, just north of the Beltline (Highway 12).

For more information about visiting the Arboretum please see